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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 19, 2011 10:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: under the radar guitarists (non-Dead)

Yeah BD,I did get to see Nicky and Sonny together on a few occasions one with Laswell at a Material show shortly after their duo record came out,the other time was a large scale 20 people on stage type of Laswell gig,sheer madness.Since you mentioned Blood Ulmer,I got see him with Sonny and Vernon Reid at a Black Rock Coalition show just rip up a 15 minute version of P-Funk's Cosmic Slop.Blood played NYC often with different lineups and was always good.I saw Lester play with the Art Ensemble of Chicago at the Knitting Factory on Thanksgiving one year,and possibly with Brass Fantasy there.I have seen Lester side projects about 50 times in NYC,but I don't remember him playing the Knitting Factory to often.As for Zorn I can't say that I'm a fan,but I dig the rhythm section of Greg Cohen and Joey Baron.I would have liked to have seen that Cline and Ribot pairing,I'm quite sure those boys put on a serious show.I've only seen Nels once back when Laswell put out some redone Miles fusion stuff,and I didn't know who he was but he took a few blistering solos ,this was the late 90's I believe.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 19, 2011 11:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: under the radar guitarists (non-Dead)

That Cosmic Slop sounds epic (love that tune and those players - mind blowing!). Good stuff. Re Zorn, I'm not a huge fan either, but I love the story of Madeleine Albright taking Vaclav Havel there to see him with Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson and Zorn yelling at them to shut the fuck up because he was playing. Saw Lester there a handful of times.

Vernon Reid. So underrated and overlooked...

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 20, 2011 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: under the radar guitarists (non-Dead)

That was a funny Zorn story BD,Lou Reed played a three night run at the Knitting Factory and then later on a one night two show deal and I saw Zorn in the crowd at one of those5.I tried to catch Lester whenever he played,and my memory is a little shaky as far as his Knitting Factory history,but if you saw him there a handful of times the odds are that I was at a show with you.In relation to Vernon Reid he should be lauded for the creation and continued patronage of the Black Rock Coalition,an organization dedicated to putting black musicians in the rock realm in the public eye,each year they do a few tribute shows to black musicians,off the top of my head I remember seeing tributes to Curtis Mayfield,Sly Stone,Motown,P-Funk,Art Ensemble of Chicago,Nina Simone and they do a Hendrix one every year for many years running.It is probably anywhere from 50-100 people from different bands in BRC performing together in various combinations.It is always a well done,raucous affair and Vernon has performed at a number of them. He is a real fine player and does a lot of different kinds of music with a wide array of people,and usually very successfully.